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Guys, it's obvious time was spent writing this column, I only wish the same amount of time was spent actually researching what you guys are talking about.
First if all, do you all realize that before HBO gets a single dollar from subscriptions, they are paid from the cable and satellite providers? A lot. A real lot. Research it.
The way TV works, companies like Comcast pay HBO for the ability to carry their service. Time Warner, Dish, Direct TV, etc. They pay HBO first, then also give them portions of the subscriptions on top of that.
Also, understand, relatively speaking, tremendously rated shows on HBO really do not have a large audience. The finale of Game of Thrones had about 6 million viewers. If you doubled that number, and charged $15 a person, you still would not even equal the money that HBO gets from Comcast alone. And that's not counting all the other cable companies and satellite companies that they are getting money from.
First and foremost, HBO and cable companies are partners, of which money is exchanged that Netflix can only dream about. Stop wishing for HBO to be Netflix. You already have it, it's called Netflix. There is a reason Game of Thrones is not on Netflix.
Here is a news flash, you are not smarter than the HBO executives. Do you really think that you have the answer, but HBO has yet to figure it out? Really?
If the answer was direct subscriptions, you would have it, but it's not, and it's not going to be. Until the day Comcast and the like no longer exist, they will ALWAYS pay more money to HBO than they can ever get from direct subscriptions.
Take it for what it's worth, I work for a fairly large network....
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